The Best February Movies, TV Shows, Books, and Music

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welcome to culture dogInsideHook’s deep dive into the most important cultural events of the month, pop and otherwise.

It’s hard to do better South Park be 25 years old and The Walking Dead is finally ending, but February’s biggest surprise return might be this long-running cop show, which returns after a 12-year absence (excluding spinoffs) with its 21st season. Jeffrey Donovan stars while Anthony Anderson and Sam Waterson return, but don’t expect a big change in format.

Returning TV series: South Park (2/2, Comedy Central); State of the Union (2/14, Sundance); The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2/18, Prime Video); Last week tonight (2/20, HBO); The Walking Dead (2/20, AMC); Snowfall (02/23, effects); Kill Eve (2/27, BBC America); better things (2/28, effect)

“She’s got it all wrong with America right now.” Well, at least pre-pandemic: This is Netflix’s dramatization of Anna Delvey, the Soho con artist who posed as a German heiress whom some InsideHook staffers rather admire. (2/11, Netflix)

More new series and specials: Pam and Tommy (2/2, Hulu); Murderville (2/3, Netflix); 2022 Winter Olympics (2/4, NBC/Peacock); To reach (2/4, Premium Video); The girl before (2/10, HBO Max); Bel-Air (2/13, Peacock); Super Bowl LVI (2/13, NBC); Breakup (2/18, AppleTV+); Burglar cat (02/22, Netflix); Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber (2/27, show time)

An architect is diagnosed with a rare eye disease and begins to have visions – while being able to see people’s “true motives”. What could have been a standard horror movie is transformed into something more surreal in this indie produced by David Lynch. (2/4, theaters/VOD)

More new movies coming to the small and big screen: Fooled forever (2/4, theatres); moon fall (2/4, theatres); KIMI (2/10, HBO Max); big bug (2/11, Netflix); I want you to come back (2/11, Prime Video); Marry me (2/11, Peacock/theatres); Death on the Nile (2/11, halls); Chainsaw Massacre (2/18, Netflix); Dog (2/18, halls); Unexplored (2/18, halls); Workshop 666 (2/25, rooms)

A three-part series (which spans over 20 years) detailing the rise of Kanye West. We have more than one review (at least of the first episode) here. (2/16, Netflix)

More new documentaries: Terry Bradshaw: Going Deep (2/1, HBO); The Tinder scammer (2/2, Netflix); Phat Tuesdays (2/4, Premium Video); The fallback rule (2/6, ESPN); abraham lincoln (2/20, History)

“Echo” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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READ: Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The previous book by this Dutch author, HEX, had perhaps the most disturbing ending of any novel this writer (and horror enthusiast) had ever read. His latest is a horror tale involving mountaineering, survival and the supernatural in the Swiss Alps.

More new readings: (2/1) The power of regret by Daniel H. Pink; From Hollywood with love by Scott Meslow; black cake by Charmaine Wilkerson* (2/8); The nineties by Chuck Klosterman

Has a band that topped the charts in the 80s become more influential over time? The tipping point is the first new album from this British duo in 17 years – and during that time everyone from Kanye and The Weeknd to Lorde and Drake have sampled or covered the band’s seminal work. Their new record tackles themes of death, the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the destruction of patriarchy and collective responsibility, all awash with great melodies and moody synths.

More new music: (2/4) Collective Animal; Korn; Bastille … (2/11) Mary J. Blige; Spoon; Frank Turner; Eddie Vedder… (2/18) Beach house; Midnight Oil; White Lies… (2/25) Confessional Dashboard; April Lavigne

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